National League Game Summary - Houston at New York|
(Saturday, August 25th)
Final Score: New York 3, Houston 1
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey tossed seven innings of one-run
ball and added an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Houston
Astros, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Dickey (16-4) scattered five hits and a walk after retiring the first 10
batters he faced. Frank Francisco worked a perfect ninth to record his 21st
save of the season.
Justin Turner homered for New York, which scored more than two runs for the
first time in eight games to snap a season-high tying six-game losing streak.
Fernando Abad (0-1) allowed one run on four hits and four walks over four
innings in his first major league start for the Astros, who have dropped eight
of their last nine.
"My whole family was here," Abad said. "I wanted to throw five innings and get
a win, but that's part of the game."
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning and stranding a runner on
second in the third, the Mets were able to break through in the fourth when
Ronny Cedeno hit a leadoff single, moved to second on Jason Bay's walk,
advanced to third on a double-play grounder to short by Josh Thole and came
home on Dickey's infield single.
On the play, Abad and catcher Jason Castro ran into each other while trying to
field the dribbler to the right side of the infield, allowing Dickey to reach
first and Cedeno to cross the plate.
The Astros threatened in the fifth inning by loading the bases with one out on
three straight singles by Castro, Brandon Barnes and Brian Bogusevic, but
pinch-hitter Steve Pearce followed by grounding into an inning-ending double
play to keep it a 1-0 game.
New York then added to its lead in the sixth inning with Turner's leadoff
blast over the left-field wall.
"I've been struggling with balls on the inner half all season long, so it felt
nice to finally get the barrel out and square one up," Turner said about his
Houston was able to get on the board in the seventh inning when Scott Moore
was hit by a pitch to start the frame, advanced to third on a Tyler Greene
single and raced home on a wild pitch.
Greene moved to second on the play, but following Barnes' one-out walk,
Bogusevic put an end to the rally by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
Scott Hairston singled and later scored on Bay's base hit to right field in
the eighth to give the Mets a 3-1 advantage.
Abad had made 81 relief appearances in his career prior to Saturday's start
... Turner's home run was his first of the season and his first since he hit
two against the Braves on Aug. 6, 2011 ... Dickey improved to 8-1 in 14 starts
at Citi Field this season ... Houston leads the season series, 4-1 ... The
last time the Mets were held to two or fewer runs in seven straight games was
from Sept. 17-21, 1982.
08/25 19:47:59 ET